Early plans for a new Wellington police station have been drawn up by the Poggemeyer Design Group.
The drawings are of the former Elyria Savings and Trust building located at 153 East Herrick Ave., still the leading candidate to become the new police home.
Renovations to the site and purchasing the land would cost the village approximately $1.5 million. It would be a sizeable upgrade to space available for the Wellington police department, which squeezes into 1,067 square feet at its current home adjacent to village hall.
The new plans show two holding cells, a full lounge in the basement, a training area, as well as separate locker rooms and restrooms for men and women, which all address areas of concern brought up last year by chief Tim Barfield.
He’s described the station as being “jammed into a postage stamp.”
No decision has been made to move but Barfield thinks all signs are pointing toward the EST building.
“It’s not my decision, obviously,” he said. “I think we’re closer. We don’t own the building and we don’t have the financing but I think the idea is to keep moving in this direction. It would be a huge improvement. It’s hard to function where we’re at.”
Last year, village council member Guy Wells said the town hall police station is only a slight expansion on what was there in 1885.
Barfield has presented council with blueprints dated 1970 that showed plans to turn a now-demolished garage behind village hall into a new police station. According to memos, the issue was also raised in 2000 and 2015.
At the current police station, lockers have been placed in the dispatch and interview rooms in the absence of an actual locker room. Urine samples have had to be stored in a refrigerator located in an area used to make coffee and serve food. Dishes are washed in the restroom and conversations in the central room often have to be whispered due to sound traveling into the lobby.
“We asked the engineer to provide us cost estimates and these diagrams,” said village manager Steve Dupee. “This was basically a follow-up to what we asked them to do and completing that arrangement. The designs provide a high level view of how police could utilize that space.”
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